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19th Feb 2014

Lebanon: Israeli soldiers breach Lebanese border to retrieve crashed spy plane

Israeli troops crossed the barrier separating Lebanon from Israel on Tuesday, searching for parts of a crashed surveillance plane, the Lebanese National News Agency reported. The Israelis then fired a shot in the air when a joint patrol by the Lebanese … Continued

19th Feb 2014

Iran meets with world powers in nuclear settlement talks

Six world powers and Iran began talks in Vienna on Tuesday in pursuit of a final settlement on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program in the coming months despite warnings from both sides that a deal may prove impossible. Expected to last … Continued

18th Feb 2014

Iraq: 16 killed, 43 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 16 people were killed and 43 others wounded in violent attacks across Iraq on Monday, police said. Eight people were killed and 20 others wounded when a car bomb exploded near a popular market in the … Continued

18th Feb 2014

Syria army, rebels agree new Damascus area truce

Syria’s army and rebels agreed a truce in the capital’s southern suburb of Babbila Monday, the latest in a series of local ceasefires in Damascus flashpoints, an AFP reporter said. The truces come more than a year into fierce daily … Continued

18th Feb 2014

Qatar: More than 450 Indian migrants dead in Qatar in 2012-13

More than 450 Indian migrants working in Qatar have died in the last two years, data shows as the Gulf state is under pressure over its rights record ahead of the 2022 World Cup. In response to a Right to … Continued

17th Feb 2014

Lebanon: Nasrallah: Takfiris want us to target our Sunni brothers, but it won’t happen

Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah called on Lebanon to unite against the Islamist threat coming from Syria during a speech on Sunday evening, adding that such groups thrive on sectarian strife. Nasrallah also discussed the recent formation of a Lebanese … Continued

16th Feb 2014

Iraq: Shi’a scholar Moqtada al-Sadr quits politics

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Iraq’s firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Sunday announced that he is leaving political life and closed his offices in order to stop the “evil acts” by some people under the name of his Sadr family. “I … Continued

Iraqi PM visits battlefield in Anbar, 21 killed in violence
16th Feb 2014

Iraqi PM visits battlefield in Anbar, 21 killed in violence

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki on Saturday paid a surprise visit to the battlefield in Anbar province to announce a rebuilding plan, while violence across the country left 21 people killed and 26 wounded, government and … Continued

16th Feb 2014

Bahrain: Thousands demonstrate to mark uprising anniversary

Thousands of people have marched in Bahrain to mark the third anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising that was put down by authorities. The country remains in the grip of sectarian tensions. Saturday’s rally saw crowds of men, women and children … Continued

16th Feb 2014

Syria peace talks break off, no new date set: Brahimi

A second round of peace talks between Syria’s warring sides broke off Saturday without making any progress and without a date being set for a third round, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said. “I think it is better that every side … Continued

16th Feb 2014

Lebanon forms government after 330 days of deadlock

  Lebanon announced that it has formed a government on Saturday after more than 330 days of deadlock between the various political blocs. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)   Lebanon announced that it has formed a government on Saturday after more than … Continued

Saudi Arabia: Jeddah blaze kills two Bangladeshis
15th Feb 2014

Saudi Arabia: Jeddah blaze kills two Bangladeshis

  By Ibrahim Nafffee   Jeddah, (Arab News): A big fire in an old building in Jeddah’s Al-Jamia district killed two Bangladeshis and injured five Yemenis on Friday. Civil Defense firefighting teams contained the blaze and transferred the injured to … Continued

15th Feb 2014

Afghanistan: Two Afghan civilians killed in suicide bomb attack

KUNDUZ, (Xinhua): Two Afghan civilians were killed while five others wounded in a suicide bombing that targeted a police convoy in the country’s northern province of Kunduz on Saturday, authorities said. “A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle detonated his explosive … Continued

15th Feb 2014

Switzerland/Syria: Brahimi on Geneva II: failure is staring at us in the face

Syria’s warring sides are due to end another round of peace talks in Geneva Friday, with hopes of progress dim as the foes remain mired in blame-trading over the violence ravaging their country. The gridlock, which has seen the rivals … Continued

15th Feb 2014

Lebanon: Dispute over interior ministry delays cabinet lineup

A dispute between Hezbollah and the Future Movement over the Interior Ministry portfolio delayed the formation of Lebanon’s next Cabinet on Friday. The Future Movement announced its intention to name retired Internal Security Forces chief Ashraf Rifi for the position … Continued

14th Feb 2014

Iraq: 11 killed in insurgent attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Eleven people were killed and 28 others wounded on Thursday in separate attacks across Iraq, including battles in restive Anbar province, official and police said. In eastern province of Anbar, anti-government Sunni tribal fighters attacked an army checkpoint … Continued

14th Feb 2014

Syria ceasefire extended in Homs as talks in Geneva deadlock again

  The governor of Homs says a ceasefire has been extended for three days to allow for the evacuation of residents. In Geneva, a standoff between Russia and other world powers have left Syria’s peace talks in a deadlock.   … Continued

14th Feb 2014

Iraq: Insurgents take over northern Iraq town, bomb historic Baghdad market

Islamist insurgents took over parts of a town in northern Iraq on Thursday, local officials said, gaining further ground against the government in Baghdad, which has also lost control of another city. In Baghdad, two bomb blasts in a historic … Continued

14th Feb 2014

Lebanon: Army captures suicide bombers’ mastermind & foils “bloody Sunday”

  A car found with explosives is being taken away in the Corniche al-Mazraa neighborhood as the Lebanese army investigates the scene. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah)   A few days ago, sources with links to takfiri groups operating in the Qalamoun … Continued

13th Feb 2014

Lebanese forces arrest Abdullah Azzam Brigades member, dismantle car bombs

  Lebanese soldiers take away a car filled with explosives in Beirut’s Corniche al-Mazraa on February 12, 2014. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah)   Lebanon’s army on Wednesday arrested a commander of a group loyal to al-Qaeda, who revealed the presence of … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview 29 May 2013 and aired on 12 June 2013


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